Making WAVES For Black History Month: Brian Dobbins

For the past 15 years, E. Brian Dobbins has been a Talent and Literary Manager at Principato-Young Entertainment.

A native of Long Beach, California, Dobbins graduated from UCLA with a degree in English. After interning at producer Lawrence Gordon’s company Largo, Dobbins began his career at United Talent Agency and subsequently left to work in development at HBO Pictures. His experiences at UTA and HBO lead him to realize the vital nature of managers and decided to pursue a career in talent and literary management. Dobbins left HBO and joined Interact Management where he utilized his knowledge of development in order to build a client list consisting of young and exciting writers and directors. Eighteen months later, Dobbins added actors to his list of clients and moved to Polestar Management. A year-and-a-half later, he joined Principato-Young Entertainment, where he is one of five partners.

At Principato-Young, Dobbins has expanded his management career to also include producing. His producing credits include Fox’s TV series “Do Not Disturb,” the Oxygen cable network series “Campus Ladies,” ABC and 20th Century Fox’s TV pilot “Adopted,” and the film THE SEA OF TREES starring Matthew McConaughey and directed by Gus Van Sant, which premiered at Cannes. Dobbins currently serves as Executive Producer on the ABC pilot BLACK-ISH created by client Kenya Barris that also stars clients Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson. Most recently, BLACK-ISH took home five awards at the NAACP Image Awards.

In addition to Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Kenya Barris (all of BLACKISH), Brian also represents clients such as writer/actor Nat Faxon (MARRIED, THE WAY WAY BACK, and Oscar Winner for THE DESCENDANTS), Andre Braugher (BROOKLYN NINE-NINE), Jon Chu (Director of NOW YOU SEE ME: THE SECOND ACT , G.I. JOE: RETALIATION), F Gary Gray (Director of STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, LAW ABIDING CITIZEN, THE ITALIAN JOB), Regina Hall (WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS, PEOPLE PLACES THINGS, THINK LIKE A MAN 1 and 2, ABOUT LAST NIGHT), Romany Malco (THE DUFF, TOP FIVE, THINK LIKE A MAN 1 and 2), Niecy Nash (SCREAM QUEENS, THE SOUL MAN, and GETTING ON), and producer Stephanie Allain (DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, HUSTLE AND FLOW). This past year, three of Brian’s clients were nominated for Emmys (Anthony Anderson, Andre Braugher, and Niecy Nash).

Segment 1 – Brian talks about things he learned from his Father and his Grandmother

Segment 2 – About going to UCLA and discovering the business of entertainment

Segment 3 – Brian’s career path

Segment 4 – Why Brian prefers being a manager to being an agent

Segment 5 – Accomplishments Brian is most proud of

Segment 6 – Thoughts on the success of the hit show Black-ish

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